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I've never seen him so worried about a game, I honestly haven't.
Sir Alex Ferguson says only "a masochist" would enjoy the pressure of Monday's key derby with Manchester City.
United go to Eastlands for the Sky Live showdown with their lead in the title race down to three points following slip-ups against Wigan and Everton.
Ferguson and his players are well used to such pressure, and the Scot is confident United can still deliver a 13th Premier League under his management.
Ahead of the game he said: "It was inevitable I suppose. It is all down to this game. There will be a considerable number of countries watching it, so I hope it lives up to the billing.
"You would have to be a confirmed masochist to enjoy it, but we are looking forward to it and the players will be fully prepared for it."
Roberto Mancini continues to claim the title is beyond City despite their resurgence, but Ferguson is not buying his counterpart's mind games.
He said: "Maybe he is trying to take pressure off his own players, but it doesn't matter. It is not going to affect our approach or attitude to the game.
"We know the exact situation we are in here. We are in a better position than Manchester City. We can get two results, they can only get one. They have to win. We can draw or we can win, which is what we will be trying to do."